Gerry Mulligan

Concert in the Rain

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Although Gerry Mulligan's Concert Jazz Band made a flurry of recordings in their brief period of existence, few of them have been reissued on CD. This live date, recorded for broadcast during a rainy afternoon at the Newport Jazz Festival, showcases the fresh arrangements of Mulligan or valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer. Mulligan's swinging "Broadway," the moody theme from the movie "I Want To Live, " the perky "Eighteen Carrots (For Rabbit)"-recorded later that month with Johnny Hodges (to whom it was dedicated) are among the many highlights. Added as a postscript is a 1963 Newport sextet performance of "The Anthill," also from a broadcast tape.

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